MBE Certification Application Instructions

Please read the detailed instructions CAREFULLY before you proceed:

IMPORTANT: All completed applications MUST be submitted in a 3-ring binder, tabbed, and in order of required documents, to avoid processing delays and help during application review. Applications not meeting this requirement will be returned. (Exception: Reciprocal Applicants)

Step 1: Fill out the online Minority Business Certification Application.  Do not use all caps or all lower case when filling out the application.  Do not use symbols or punctuation when entering in numbers or percentages (ex. $, %, commas).  Simply enter in the digits only, otherwise the system will not save your application.

Step 2: Hit "Submit" when you are finished filling out the application. Hit "Save for Later" if you would like to save and complete the application at a later time. Please note: You MUST click "Submit" after you have completed the application or your application cannot be processed.

Step 3: You will be sent a Login ID and password via the e-mail address you provided in your profile. You will need to use this ID and password to log into the website to make any updates to your profile and to print out a copy of your online application, which you will send to our offices as explained above.

Step 4: Click on the "MBE Login" tab on the website. Login using the ID and password you were sent via e-mail.

Step 5: Click on "Generate PDF Form" to generate a copy of your online application (Do NOT print screen). Please note: You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer in order to generate a PDF form. If you do not, please click on the link provided to install Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Step 6: Print out a copy of your application, which you must have notarized, and submit it with all of the appropriate documents using the checklist provided in the printout.  IMPORTANT: All updated information MUST be updated via our website. DO NOT USE Adobe Acrobat "Writer" to update your profile directly on your document as your data will not be captured in our database.

Note: We are aware that some users may experience opening a blank application. Do not re-enter the information as the database will populate the form automatically. If you are experiencing a problem, we recommend that you check the following; 1) are you only using Internet Explorer web browser and Adobe Acrobat Reader 6 or higher?, 2) operating on a PC (MAC users will experience problems)?, 3) operating  only one version of Adobe Acrobat Reader?, 4) check your security settings to allow download of our webpage content; (after loging in and generating the application form, right click far left side of window and select “Hide Navigation Panel Buttons”, and a Security Message will appear at the top of the page to allow access to incoming data to be downloaded.)

You may send your complete application to our offices:

NCMSDC Certification
460 Hegenberger Road, Suite 730
Oakland, CA 94621

You must include a check made payable to "NCMSDC." NOTE: Credit Card option NOT available.

Click here to begin the ON-LINE/database profile process